Olio's New October Cocktail List is a Taste of Autumn in New England

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"Medford Stone Fence" cocktail at Olio. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

As we stand at the cusp of the season, we turn from the bright, citrusy, light gin drinks of summer to the deeper and more complex flavors of fall. The October cocktail list at Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) promises some outstanding seasonal treats. John Fausz, bar manager at Olio and Elaia and general manager of Olio, has just finished up the list. "October's a loose theme -- 'harvest' being the best single idea to frame it," Fausz says. He acknowledges that this sounds cliché, but rest assured, Olio's take on the season is wholly unique.

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CBGB Mixes the Best Sandinista -- a Shot Made with Sriracha -- in St. Louis

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The "Sandinista" at CBGB. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

The "Sandinista" is a curious shot, composed mostly of tequila, Sriracha and lime juice. When it's made well, it's surprisingly good. You can find this unique and potent drink at several places around town, but the best place to order one is CBGB (3163 South Grand Boulevard).

KDHX's own Doug Morgan, host of The Record Sto', claims that even though you can find the Sandinista as far away as Chicago and San Francisco, he invented it.

"We drank a lot of 'em on our way to perfecting it," Morgan recalls.

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How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

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Fresh grenadine at home. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

To most, grenadine brings to mind those clear bottles of screaming chemical red mix in the liquor aisle at the grocery store. That stuff is made from corn syrup, red dye and natural and artificial flavors and tastes like -- well, it's hard to say what exactly it tastes like. In its current state, it's used for color only. What it ought to taste like and be made from is fresh pomegranate juice. The good news? It's very easy to make it at home.

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How 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar Got Way Ahead of the Whiskey Craze

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Some of the great whiskeys at 33 Wine Bar | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

St. Louis has some great whiskey bars these days, offering impressive selections of bourbon, scotch, rye and Irish whiskey. Within the past year or so, Gamlin Whiskey House, Small Batch and Blind Tiger have all opened their doors and have found loyal followings.

But before these dedicated whiskey bars opened, the refined booze hound had to know where to look to find quality whiskey. As far back as 2006, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue; 314-231-9463) was quietly assembling a first-rate whiskey list. The program continued to grow and now boasts 75 bottles -- many of which you still can't find at other area whiskey-centric bars.

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Tick Tock Tavern Revives the Much Maligned White Wine Spritzer

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TT on the rocks | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

The white-wine spritzer is a much maligned cocktail that brings to mind housewives rehydrating after shopping binges. It's the inspiration behind those awful bottled wine coolers that became popular in the '80s. But a quick look at the word "spritzer" identifies its origin. White wines cut with soda water originated in Germany, where they are still enjoyed in the summer. And now, you can also enjoy one at the Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia Avenue; 314-101-9999), where the drink is on its short list of house specials.

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Learn to Make Tonic Water at Home at Natasha Bahrami's Gin Room

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Gin and Tonic at the Gin Room at Café Natasha's | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Natasha Bahrami is as passionate about her mixers as she is about her gin. It makes sense. Why mix a great gin with an inferior tonic? She makes her own and is getting ready to offer classes in how to do it at the Gin Room in Café Natasha's (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411). She recently gave the Drunken Vegan a private tutorial. It turns out making tonic water is a lot easier than you might think.

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Slugging a Pickleback, a Shot of Moonshine and Pickle Juice, at Quincy Street Bistro

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The "Tall, Neat, and Pickled" at Quincy Street Bistro | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

When you think of cocktail ingredients, pickle juice generally doesn't come to mind (though it's good in a bloody mary). There is a growing trend, however, that pairs pickle juice with a variety of spirits. The term "pickleback" refers to a shot of pickle juice taken after a shot of booze. When the Drunken Vegan heard about the "Tall, Neat & Pickled" at Quincy Street Bistro (6931 Gravois Avenue; 314-353-1588), he had to try it.

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Square One Builds its Cocktail List Around House-Distilled Spirits

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The "Fitzgerald." | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

More and more bars have been touting their housemade syrups, mixers and their fresh juices, but how many make their own booze? Missouri has a few micro-distilleries now, but the first was Square One Brewery and Distillery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537). The Drunken Vegan enjoyed some unique cocktails based on some of its house spirits.

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Modesto Puts a Spanish Spin on Classic Cocktails

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Modesto's "Spanish Negroni." | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Amid a sea of Italian-American restaurants on the Hill is a little Spanish island of a restaurant, Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272), with its tapas-based menu. Happy hour (5 to 7 p.m. every day, and all night Tuesday and Thursday) offers tasty small bites and drinks. But don't limit yourself to the standard red sangria (which is nice) or a cold beer. Modesto offers some interesting twists on familiar cocktails that go well with the inexpensive snacks. The Drunken Vegan tasted four of them.

The "Spanish Negroni" is an unusual take on the classic with the addition of sherry, which lends an earthy, nutty note to the drink, a nice counterpoint to the bitterness of the Campari, and the citrus from the orange bitters and gin. The subtle herbaceous character of the vermouth still comes through. It pairs perfectly with marinated olives.

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Mangia Italiano's New Infused Spirits Bolster Its Cocktail Program

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The strawberry-lemon gin infusion and strawberry-citrus-basil infusion. | Patrick J. Hurley

Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard; 314-664-8585) makes many people think of either pasta or the debauchery of staying out until 3 a.m. listening to live music. So who, one might wonder, would go to Mangia for cocktails?

This summer, Mangia wants to change that perception by making some house-infused spirits and building a cocktail list around them. The Drunken Vegan sampled four of these new offerings on a recent visit and reports his findings.

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